Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education & War (EU import)

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The fifth long-player from the Leeds-based festival rockers with a penchant for climbing lighting rigs and crafting innocuous, arm-waving anthems that fuse the anthemic scope of classic Brit-pop with the insular, somewhat opaque, progressive cynicism of early-2000s indie rock, begins with the rousing “Factory Gates,” a distillation of all of those aforementioned attributes that sounds almost exactly like what is arguably their most well-known song, 2005’s “I Predict a Riot.” Written in multiple cities and countries and recorded in Atlanta, Georgia with producer Ben Allen, Education, Education, Education & War promises the golden vistas of a new frontier, yet delivers once again the quintessential Kaiser Chiefs album. Even its moniker, a quote from former prime minister Tony Blair, is stuck in the past, but if there’s one thing that Ricky Wilson and company excel at, it’s being themselves, and this ten-track collection of paeans to permeable dissatisfaction is as much a tribute album as it is a defiant gaze into the abyss. As arena anthems go, you could do a lot worse than the infectious, aforementioned earworm of an opener and the like-minded “Ruffians on Parade,” or the propulsive and pugilistic “Misery Company,” a wily and willfully melodic ode to self-deprecation that’s built around a chorus of maniacal laughter, but they are ephemeral at best. There’s a refreshing, devil-may-care cavalier attitude to Education, Education, Education & War that eradicates much of the desperation that was beginning to creep in after 2007’s Yours Truly, Angry Mob. Mint




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